The “I” word?
Are you aware that there is a movement to drop the word “Illegal” from regular use?
According to the research I have done the word is being equated to the infamous “N” word, among other racially charged terms.
In an effort to educate myself and get more information on this topic, I reached out to someone I found on twitter for insight. The reaction from the person was very defensive, the individual stated that “I should stop using the ‘I’ word before communicating with her”. My initial reaction was that of defensiveness as well, in so far as I know, if you are in this country, and you don’t have documents, you are here illegally. Period. Right?
Well, apparently not. The person stated that this term has been deemed offensive. I decided I would further research this “I’ word thing a little deeper, and there is in fact a movement to ban the word. Here is some information I found on Colorlines:
A harmful slur
“Illegals” is a racially charged slur used to dehumanize and discriminate against immigrants and people of color regardless of migratory status. The i-word is shorthand for “illegal alien,” “illegal immigrant” and other harmful terms.
Due Process, accuracy and dignity
Pervasive systems like media and government normalize their use and make it easier to deny people basic human rights through our written and unwritten rules. Use of the i-word ignores the fact that our laws are unjustly applied. Immigrants without documents are regularly hired as cheap, exploited labor. No one else who benefits from the set up, including the employers who recruit and hire these migrants, is labeled this way. No one should ever be labeled this way. No human being is illegal.
In an effort to stay neutral, NYCTalking has decided to remove all references to the word “Illegal Alien” from our articles. The “I” word has been replaced with the word “undocumented” wherever applicable.
What are your thoughts on this topic? In this day and age, it seems every group has decided that some words are consider offensive. For instance, if you are using a word to describe someone’s skin color, a listener can decide to find racial overtones in the statement. But let’s be practical, I’m Puertorican and I have very white skin. Its just a matter of fact, nothing racial about that, right? Why would saying “I saw this white skin guy” be offensive to me? Are we getting carried away with political correctness as a society?
Do you agree that the “I” word is offensive?